Travel Nursing Jobs in Kentucky

If you're a nurse looking for a new and exciting adventure, travel nursing may be the perfect fit for you! And if you're looking for a great place to travel to, Kentucky is a great option.

Kentucky is known for its beautiful rolling hills and horse country, and there's plenty to see and do in the Bluegrass State. From Louisville, the state's largest city, to the tiny towns in the Appalachian Mountains, there's something for everyone in Kentucky.

And as a travel nurse, you'll have the opportunity to see all of the great sights and attractions that Kentucky has to offer. No matter what travel nursing opportunities you have an interest in, Fusion Marketplace is the perfect place to explore Kentucky travel nursing jobs with competitive pay offered by multiple agencies.

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Kentucky Travel Nurse FAQ

How Much Do Travel Nurses Make in Kentucky?

The median salary for a registered nurse in the state of Kentucky was $63,060 per year or $30.32 per hour in 2020 with most earning an annual salary between $54,460 and $74,890 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level RN jobs in Kentucky or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $45,960, while the highest 10% earned more than $84,070.

Typically, travel nursing jobs will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same specialty, facility, and location. The estimated weekly gross pay listed for travel RNs is based on the specified hours per week listed on job cards and includes available stipend amounts.

Is Kentucky a Nursing Compact State?

Yes, Kentucky is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact. Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse travelers that meet the specific eNLC requirements are eligible to apply for a multistate license.

How Do I Become a Travel Nurse in Kentucky?

Education & Licensure

In order to work as a registered nurse in the state of Kentucky, you must first meet the requirements for licensure as set forth by the Kentucky Board of Registration in Nursing. These requirements include completing an approved nursing program, passing the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN), and submitting an application for licensure to the Board of Nursing. Kentucky is part of the enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact.

Licensure Resources

  • Board Address
  • Application
  • How Long Does It Take to Get a License? 14 days
  • License Fee $165 application, $15 jurisprudence exam
  • Compact state? Yes
  • NURSYS state? Yes
  • Walkthrough State? No
  • Education 14 hours each year, 3 hours must be regarding domestic violence, and 1.5 hours must be regarding pediatric abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome)
  • Additional Information Background check/fingerprints and a Jurisprudence exam is required. Temp license is available and is valid for 6 months from the date of issue - cannot be renewed.

What are the Top Cities in Kentucky for Nurses?

Montana is a large state with a diverse landscape. It is home to mountains, plains, forests, and rivers. There are many cities in Kentucky that are perfect for travel nurses.

Top Cities for Kentucky Travel Nursing Jobs

  • Louisville, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Conington, KY
  • Florence, KY
  • London, KY
  • Danville, KY
  • Frankfort, KY
  • Berea, KY

Things to Do and Explore in Kentucky

Kentucky is a great place to travel, with plenty of interesting places to see and things to do. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a popular tourist destination, with more than a dozen distilleries open for tours. The Kentucky state park system is one of the largest in the country, with dozens of parks and recreation areas to explore. And of course, there's the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau.

The Red River Gorge is a stunning natural gorge located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The gorge is known for its natural stone arch formations and for its endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hiking, camping, rock climbing, and fishing are just a few of the activities that visitors can enjoy in the Red River Gorge.

Mammoth Cave National Park is a popular destination for visitors who want to explore the caves. Mammoth Cave National Park is located in south-central Kentucky and is the largest cave system in the world. The park is home to more than 400 miles of explored caves and has more than 5,000 acres of wilderness.

The Louisville Slugger Museum is a must-visit for any baseball fans. Located in downtown Louisville, the museum is dedicated to the history of baseball and the Louisville Slugger bat. You can see how the bats are made, learn about the great players who have used them, and even try your hand at batting. Louisville is also home to a number of great bars and restaurants. The Brown Hotel is a historic hotel in downtown Louisville that is home to the famous Hot Brown sandwich. If you're looking for a more local experience, try one of Louisville's craft breweries like Against the Grain or Louisville Beerworks. No matter what you're in the mood for, Louisville has something to offer.

Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky is the home of the Kentucky Derby, one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. The track is a mile and a quarter long, and the race is for three-year-olds. The Derby is held on the first Saturday in May, and is the first race of the Triple Crown. Churchill Downs also hosts the Kentucky Oaks, a race for three-year-old fillies, which is run the day before the Derby. Along with the race, the Kentucky Derby Festival is a two-week celebration of the Kentucky Derby held in Louisville each year. The festival features a wide variety of events, including a marathon, a hot air balloon race, a beauty pageant, and a large parade.

Getting Started as a Traveling Nurse

Many travel nurses find work through recruitment agencies and marketplaces, which means you have better access to job boards to choose your schedule, location, and salary. When you begin browsing for an assignment, be sure to consider the housing options, the benefits, the guaranteed hour's policy, and the recruiting company’s overall reputation.

The good news is that Fusion Marketplace has everything you need when it comes to finding the perfect Kentucky travel nursing job. We offer access to travel assignments in the best healthcare facilities across the country. Whether you are looking for med surg, primary care, wound care, intensive care, operating room, rehabilitation, or home health specialties, our partners are constantly posting new jobs so you can find your next great opportunity. Here, you have the freedom to compare full benefits, packages, and staffing agencies—all in one place. So find your next job today.